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As noted on the Oregon Lacrosse Classic FAQ page, this boys only tournament will be open to U-11, U-13, U-15, High School, and High School Elite level teams. For more information visit the Oregon Lacrosse Classic Tournament site. The tournament is filling up fast with over 60 teams from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada already signed up. If your team wants to participate, better sign-up quickly.
Building upon the success of the Saratoga Springs Shootout event last summer which hosted over 80 teams in Saratoga Springs, New York, Rhino Lacrosse and Lake Placid Lacrosse will be teaming up again for a world class event here in Oregon. Teams will compete for a Championship Title like any other Tourney, but this tournament plans to be a lacrosse festival. Players and parents will have the opportunity to experience The Powell Hour demonstration featuring the Powell brothers, as well as pro player clinics, coaching clinics, opening night ceremonies and festivities, a players only lounge, 3v3 mini lax competitions, food trucks, and a vendor village. Leading up to the event there will be a four day Rhino academy in Bend. On Friday the 25th Brian Dougherty will also hold a full day goalie school that includes video analysis with each goalie.
Rhino Lacrosse is an OHSLA sponsor
With the addition of Girl's brackets, the SALI tournament will be bigger and better than ever before in 2014. This year there will be boys brackets from 1st grade thru High School and girl's brackets for middle school as well high school varsity teams.
Check the SALI Home page for details on brackets, registration, rules, and accommodations. Registration for SALI 2014 is now closed. If you want your team added to the wait list, please call Keiko at Sisters Park and Recreation, (541)549-2091.
Oregon Live recently posted a brief write up on the OHSLA season kicking off and expectations for the season. The article notes the new playoff format and then lists Lakeridge, West Linn, Wilsonville, Jesuit, Westview, Lincoln, and Beaverton amongst the contenders for the state championship. Looking at this week's scores, it appears that OES needs to be added to that list.
Lakeridge's Ryan McLaughlin linked from Oregon Live
Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, which is something normally not done in "well-child" checks or even some sports physicals.
In an effort to protect the hearts (and lives) of area middle and high school students, the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring the Play Smart program to provide free painless, non-invasive heart/health checks to youth aged 12-18. For more information check out our Play Smart details page.
This year marks the twentieth year that high school lacrosse has been played in Oregon. Throughout the year the OHSLA will be celebrating this tenure with articles and memorabilia starting with this article.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee approved several new rules at its July 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The OHSLA will be adopting these new High School Lacrosse rule changes for 2014. There were 19 rules changes approved by the committee. For more information, the LaxPower site has a detailed commentary on the rules discussing the reasoning behind the many of the changes. There was also a detailed presentation by Brian Platz in the 2014 OHSLA Coaches Meeting.
Note: Missing from both of these articles is the change in the ball to be used in games Beginning in 2014, all game balls must include labeling which states "meets the new National Operating Committee On Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standard" - NFHS Rule 1 Section 5 THE BALL.
How do I know I am getting NOCSAE balls? All NOCSAE approved balls feature a prominent logo (as shown in the images on the right) and include NOCSAE markings on the packaging as well. Some balls have had NCAA and/or NFHS logos in the past but are not NOCSAE, the NOCSAE stamp is the key, a ball without NOCSAE on it can no longer be used in a game.
The OHSLA will conform to that rule and the officials will be required to enforce it, so clubs should make sure that they purchase balls marked with the NOCSAE stamp for their game balls. Please read the US Lacrosse article What's in a Ball? for more information on why these new balls are important.
What is the NOCSAE? They are the same standards body that created the specification for lacrosse helmets. Check out their website. To see other new specifications from the NOCSAE, check this article. As pointed out in these articles, the new ball is about improving the safety of players. Even though there are no NFHS rules requiring practice balls be NOCSAE approved, given the different physical properties of the ball and the improved safety, it is strongly recommended that teams use these balls for practice too.
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